Abortion Is Not Safer Than Giving Birth / Abortion-Maternal Death Record Linkage Analysis

In an attempt to prove abortion safer than childbirth, Vox compares two data points from the Centers for Disease Control that the CDC itself has said are not comparable. It’s understandable that pro-abortion advocates were eager to circulate a Vox video purporting to prove the safety of abortion last week [late April 2016]. After all, yet another abortion business was making headlines for unsanitary conditions and harm to patients, drawing attention to the need for enforcing the health and safety laws abortion proponents bitterly fight. But the attempted defense of abortion Vox’s Liz Plank offered may actually be worse than her attempt at humor with a “Knock, knock. Who’s there? Abortion” joke. Notably, before repeating the discredited myth that “abortion is safer than childbirth,” Plank admits a profound truth that abortion advocates generally avoid. By prefacing her arguments with the statement “if you only look at the safety of the mother,” she tacitly recognizes that abortion concerns the safety of two human beings. Abortion is always unsafe for the baby. (You know, that whole “crushing of body parts” that Plank displays annoyance over pro-lifers being “particularly vocal” about lately.) After acknowledging that pregnant women are, in fact, mothers, Plank alleges “abortion is actually safer than childbirth” by comparing two data points from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that the CDC itself has said are not comparable. Maternal mortality and abortion mortality “measures are conceptually different and are used by CDC for different health purposes.” In other words, Plank peddles apples-to-oranges numbers as the basis of her claim. Abortion Is Much Riskier Than Birth Contrary to Plank’s attempt to...

Website Clearinghouse Features Abortion Risks, Complications, Info

An organization that is one of the leading research institutions on the physical, medical and mental health problems women face after abortion has launched a web site to serve as a clearinghouse for post-abortion information. The Elliot Institute has launched AbortionRisks.org, to keep track of problems. The web site will not only provide a wealth of information on post-abortion complications, but will allow women who have experienced problems a chance to share those. AbortionRisks.org is designed to allow anyone in the world to find or contribute information. Using the same software platform that underlies popular web sites like Wikipedia, AbortionRisks.org allows registered users to add their own information and pages to the site, as well as to edit information that is already there. The site will include sections for post-abortion ministries to add information about their work and provides space for women and men who have been involved in an abortion to post their stories. [6Aug08, Springfield, IL,...

Abortion Industry Attorney Says Women DON"T Need to Know Abortion Risks (6/04)

ABORTION INDUSTRY ATTORNEY: WOMEN DON’T NEED TO KNOW ABORTION RISKS — In a stunning admission, an attorney representing the National Abortion Federation [NAF – national group of abortion businesses] stated that women don’t need to know of the risk of premature delivery in a future pregnancy, following a partial-birth abortion…  The frank admission came during closing arguments of the New York trial of a lawsuit filed seeking to overturn the ban on partial-birth abortions, one of three such suits nationwide. During his closing arguments, attorney Stephen Hut and Judge Richard Casey discussed a study conducted by Dr. Steven Chasen who practices maternal fetal medicine at New York City’s Presbyterian Hospital and teaches at Weil-Cornell Medical College. Chasen, NAF’s expert witness in the trial, had conducted a study that showed an increase in the number of early term (premature) deliveries subsequent to a partial-birth abortion being performed.  Judge Casey brought up the study and asked Hut whether someone performing a partial-birth abortion has an obligation to tell women of the risk. “There is certainly no obligation to report the results,” to women considering abortion, Hut said.“How can you give informed consent if you don’t tell them,” Judge Casey responded, “aren’t we putting thousands of women and their babies at risk if we don’t have an obligation to tell women who are considering abortion?” “Absolutely not,” Hut replied. He added that he thought the study was meaningless. “And you don’t think there is an obligation to tell women, when obtaining so-called informed consent,” Judge Casey asked, baffled. “No,” Hut replied. Hut then said it would be wrong for someone performing an...

Abortion & Substance Abuse (AJDA,6/04)

More than 20 medical studies have shown that women suffer from abortion, and the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse just published the latest study of post-abortive women. Women who aborted had rates of substance abuse that were approximately twice as high as those of women who chose to give birth to their babies. Science continues to provide evidence that abortion is extremely harmful to the mother as well as fatal to the unborn child. An increasing number of states are passing legislation that requires women be informed of the health risks they face when undergoing an abortion. To see an example of the measures states are passing, check out FRC’s State Model Legislation booklet below. [FRC, 24June04] [Resources: 2003 State Model Legislation: Policy that Strengthens the Family http://www.frc.org/index.cfm?i=BL03G01&f=WU04F18&t=e;  The Health Risks of Abortion...